3 Tips to Nail Your Job Interview
Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking process…if you don’t prepare or have the right mindset. Earlier this year I shared tips on how to stay confident while interviewing, so please check that out if you haven’t already because the information is a bit different than what is in this post.
Review the Job Description
If you have been applying to jobs for a while you most likely have seen 15-30+ job descriptions, and chances are you will not remember every role and its requirements. In order to sell yourself to the interviewer, it is recommended that you use verbiage from the description and share how you have accomplished projects that match what the company needs.
When I’m on a phone interview, I like to pull up the job description and my LinkedIn page for easy reference. If I have an in-person interview I will review both beforehand, and also print out copies to glance at before I head into the office. Side note, make sure if you are heading into an in-person interview that you have at least five copies of your resume, you never know how many people you will be meeting with.
Prepare Your Outfit the Night Before
Confidence is key when it comes to interviewing, and you’ll want to make sure that you select an outfit that you feel great in. I suggest researching the company to determine the dress code and then selecting an outfit that matches your style and is professional. I still recommend getting dressed in an interview-appropriate outfit if you are having a phone interview because I find that how you dress really impacts your mindset. If you feel confident, you will portray confidence.
Answer/Talk with a Smile
When answering the phone or greeting an interviewer in person, please smile and sound energetic! I recently held an interview where the candidate did not sound happy to be on the phone, suffice to say they did not get the position. Interviewers want to know that you are happy to be speaking with them and eager about the role. If you need help sounding energetic on the phone, I suggest calling your parents and doing a mock-interview. Remember that the person you are meeting with is just that, a person who has a life outside of work. Putting things into perspective like that will help you relax, smile, and get ready to nail your interview!
Good luck, you’ve got this!